The Sherry House in Jerez
was founded in 1781 by businessman and philanthropist Juan Sánchez de la Torre. The vineyards in Balbaina, Macharnudo and Cuartillo cover 80 hectares. They produce the sherries
Cristal and Marismeño (Finos), Petenera and Viva la Pepa (Manzanillas), NPU = Non Plus Ultra (Amontillado), Iberia Cream, and Doña Juana and La Sacristía de Romate (Olorosos). The absolute top product among the Brandys de Jerez
is the full, naturally sweet "Cardenal Mendoza" (marketed in the USA under the name "Cardinal"), which ages extremely long in barrels previously used for olorosos, over 15 years. It was first distilled in 1887 and was initially intended only for members and friends of the family. The four original barrels are still kept today. Later the brandy became famous for its extraordinary quality and years later it was named after the famous prelate Don Pedro Gonzalez de Mendoza (1428-1495). He drove the Moors out of Granada for good and was instrumental in organising Christopher Columbus' first voyage. Other brands are Abolengo, El Cesar and Cardenal Cisneros.